Gaga was introduced by fellow sex abuse prevention campaigner, US Vice President Joe Biden, while she was joined onstage by a slew of sex assault survivors, who raised their fists in solidarity at the end of the emotional set. “Too many women and men, on and off college campuses, are still victims of sexual abuse”, he said. Gaga performed while playing the piano and was joined by a group of sexual-assault survivors on stage, drawing a standing ovation and tears from members of the audience.
“Til It Happens to You” lost out to the latest James Bond theme song “Writing’s On The Wall” performed by Britain’s Sam Smith, who acknowledged Gaga in his acceptance speech, calling her “incredible”.
As soon as the pop superstar – who has spoken out a number of times about Kesha’s plight – finished her performance at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, floods of stars took to Twitter to praise her for the moving tribute.
The song was written for documentary The Hunting Ground tackling the issue of rape in university campuses. “Because when my father’s sister was in college, she was sexually assaulted and then it tormented her so emotionally that it caused the lupus that she had to get so bad that she died”.
Earlier in February, Gaga opened up to CBS News about how personal the song is for her, saying, “I know I feel really and truly like I bared my soul”.
“I think it’s wonderful”, said Richards.
In her performance, Lady Gaga was noticeably subdued owing to the fact that “Til It Happens To You” is a song full of raw emotions and communicates a heavy but meaningful message of utmost importance.
“My grandmother (in the middle) and my Aunt Sheri (on the right) both called me the day after the Oscars because I never told them I was a survivor”, Gaga wrote alongside the picture. He stood by me all night proud and unashamedly.
“Thank you @ladygaga and VP @JoeBiden for bringing attention to sexual assault at the Oscars“, she wrote.